Friday, July 25, 2008

Brian Teigland, Veteran TV Weathercaster, Dies Unexpectedly

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Brian Teigland, a veteran meteorologist/weather reporter for 24/30 Eyewitness News, died unexpectedly Friday morning of natural, but as yet undetermined, causes. Teigland, a popular figure both with viewers and with his colleagues in the media, had worked for WPTY-TV and its sister station WLMT-TV since December 1994, In a previous stint on Memphis television, he had been the main weather reporter for WREG-TV, News Channel 3.

As friends and colleagues knew, Teigland, 53, had suffered from a variety of health problems over the years. That these never interfered with his TV presence, both jovial and informative, is a tribute to his professionalism as a broadcaster.

A news release sent out b Eyewitness News Everywhere news director Jim Turpin had this to say:

”Brian has been a favorite Mid-South weatherman and TV personality for more than 2 decades, and has been a member of the Eyewitness News Everywhere team since December 1994. He was very active in our community working with students of all ages and countless civic and church groups.

”Brian was one of a rare breed in our industry. He cared more about others than himself. He was a loved and respected father to his children, a loving and loved husband, and a caring and compassionate friend to all those about whom he cared. It is hard to describe the incredible feeling of loss we have inside our newsroom today, because it isn’t just about losing a co-worker. It’s about losing someone we loved who was in the prime of his life.

”To say that we will miss Brian, more for what he did off the air than what he did on it, does not do justice to the grief and pain we all feel right now. There will be a huge void on our newscasts when it’s time for weather. There is an even bigger void in our hearts. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Eyewitness News Everywhere family go out to Brian’s loving wife Cindy, their children, and his extended family. We hope the entire Memphis area will offer the same.

”Brian is survived by his wife and 3 children, two daughters and a son.”

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